"There Is One God And One Mediator Between God And Men, The Man Christ Jesus" 
1 Timothy (2:5)

I Am From Above, I Am Not Of This World

 

There are those that say Jesus is claiming to be God “from above” and “not of this world” in (John 8:23) however that is not what Jesus said nor what he was signifying.

 

(John 8:23) “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.”

(John 8:24) “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”

 

All one has to do is continue reading (John 8:26-27)

 

 

 

“I Am From Above”

Christ was “from above” and “not of this world” because God was his Father (who was from above), and Christ manifested the wisdom and character that were of God or that were divine. First and foremost we must always remember that God was with Christ (or  in Christ) but God was not Jesus the Christ and that is a big difference to keep in mind (John 8:28; 14:10, 24).

A man who “loves the world” is “from beneath,” or “earthy,” but one who has “the love of the Father” dwelling in him is “from above”. Jesus told Nicodemus, if he were to inherit the kingdom of God, a person must also be “born from above”, (Here John uses the word Spirit – John 3:6). This Spirit experience Jesus calls being “born again” (John 3:7). Such an individual is begotten by the word of God (1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9-10), by a “wisdom that descendeth from above” (James 3:15-18). The character that will develop is molded in him by the Word thus he becomes “one” with God, as did Jesus (John 17:21-22), so that he can claim to be “from above” though he was never literally in heaven.

That is the sense in which Christ’s words are to be understood. He was “not of this world” in the same sense as John exhorted believers to be “not of this world” (1 John 2:15). Those of us who follow Christ are expected to look beyond the earthy things of this world to the glory yet to be revealed and to become mentally and morally changed by the influence which is “from above.”

 

 

 

“I Am Not Of This World”

What Jesus meant in (John 8:23) means the same in (John 17: 14, 16). Here the same figure of speech is given and Jesus clearly equates himself with his disciples “THEY are not of the world, EVEN AS I am not of the world” yet here we do not misunderstand the same statement made by Jesus or claim that the disciples were literally from another world.

 

(John 8:23) “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.”

(John 15:19) “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you”

(John 17:14) “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world”

(John 17:16)  “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

 

If Jesus was proclaiming that he was literally from another world then why do we not proclaim Jesus claiming the same for the disciples in (John 17:14-16)? The reason we don’t is because we know “other” scriptures exist that must also harmonize when considered and not conflict. The statement is true but the context for which it was spoken clearly cannot be applied in the manner which we have been proclaiming.

John illustrates this speaking manner of Jesus again in several other passages. (John 10:36 & John 17:18)

 

(John 10:36) “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”

(John 17:18) “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”

 

Of course we dare not touch (John 10:36 – “…I said, I am the Son of God”) and try to argue that it meant Jesus said he was God in this verse. What we have been doing to Jesus is exactly what the Jews did to Jesus, falsely accusing Jesus of declaring himself to be God.

 

See also: ( Understanding Translation and Transliteration  &  The Translation History Of The Bible )

 

 

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